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iTunes - the best CD archiver?

346 Views 12 Replies Latest reply: Feb 19, 2007 12:33 PM by Yvon Couture RSS
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Until now I've used iTunes mainly to store my Audible.com 'books on tape' - syncing with my iPod.

It occurred to me recently that perhaps I ought to 'backup' digitally my large (2,000) collection of classical music CDs.

Am I right that iTunes still represents the best way of doing this, and that I ought to begin the slow and laborious task of feeding my CDs one at a time to be 'ripped'/imported into an iTunes library?

How do I make a completely separate digital repository for my classical music CDs so that I can keep their content on a separate Mac Volume and re-burn any one(s) of them if I ever lost a real CD?

TIA!

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  • Mike Johnson12 Level 5 Level 5 (6,300 points)
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    Feb 17, 2007 11:25 PM (in response to Mark Sealey)
    Close iTunes then re-launch holding down the 'option' key - with iTunes 7 you can create multiple libraries.

    If you are going to b/u as an AIFF then you will need a very large external HD. If you use Apple Lossless then you will need about half the HD storage space.

    It is likely more practical cost wise in time and hardware to just go buy a replacement CD if one were lost of stolen.

    MJ
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  • Mike Johnson12 Level 5 Level 5 (6,300 points)
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    Feb 18, 2007 8:46 AM (in response to Mark Sealey)
    I would hope that you have the appropriate insurance to cover any loss.

    MJ
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  • Mike Johnson12 Level 5 Level 5 (6,300 points)
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    Feb 18, 2007 10:04 AM (in response to Mark Sealey)
    AIFF is the original bit rate - no loss of quality. Apple Lossless will reduce the file size by about 50% with no loss of quality. mp3/m4a (AAC) are lossy formats and require compression so there will be a loss of quality.

    You can do Google searches and read more info in Wikipedia about the formats.

    MJ
    PB 1.67-1gig-160HD (Seagate Momentus) -SD (Pioneer K-05-non-Apple) iTunes 7.0.2, Mac OS X (10.4.8), ipod Photo 60 gig - ipod 2nd gen 20 gig
  • Yvon Couture Calculating status...
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    Feb 18, 2007 12:59 PM (in response to Mark Sealey)
    Hello, I just finished transfering my whole classical CD collection to hard disk. Actually, as I write this I'm ripping the last CDs of Antal Dorati Complete set of Haydn's Symphonies.

    I started back in Octobre! It took me that long for a little more than 1000 CDs. That includes the double sets etc. But I did it each night and almost every weekend.

    For me it is well worth it. Having all of my collection one click away is fantastic.

    I use Apple Lossless. Best choice to only rip ounce. It fits in about 300GB.

    The bad part is changing all the badly entered name on the CDDB database. To assist me in this I use applescripts from the Doug's applescript web site.

    Most importantly you have to switch all entered arstits (ie orchestra conductor etc.) to the album artits field and enter the composer's name in the artist field. For es.: Beethoven, Ludwig van

    There is a lot more to do and keep in mind that this is a long term endeavor.

    Yvon
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  • Yvon Couture Level 1 Level 1 (65 points)
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    Feb 19, 2007 8:45 AM (in response to Mark Sealey)
    Hi Mark, my main idea is to listen to it from iTunes. Having my music one or two clicks away is very convenient and I find that I tend to listen to music I wouldn't normally. Hence I discover or re-discover new pieces. However I also did it to have a backup. So this week I'm buying a second external HD and I'll bring that to work.

    Here is the link: http://www.dougscripts.com/itunes/index.php

    However this only works on the Mac.

    My next step is to change the album names. In classical it's irrelevant. You need the work's name in place of the album name. I wished apple would let us choose what shows up in the upper part of iTunes.

    YC
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  • Yvon Couture Level 1 Level 1 (65 points)
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    Feb 19, 2007 8:50 AM (in response to Mark Sealey)
    Oh...one more thing. If I ever buy an iPod, the only thing I would have to do is save my whole library as MP3. It should fit on an 80GB iPod.

    Yvon
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  • Yvon Couture Level 1 Level 1 (65 points)
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    Feb 19, 2007 12:33 PM (in response to Mark Sealey)
    I almost forgot about the Haydn question. As a whole they are hard to beat, but for the Paris symphony I prefer Karajan. I'm not convinced that Haydn symphonies are well served by the baroque era interpretations, although I enjoy a few.

    YC
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